Sunday, December 31, 2006

Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Custom Plus Natural


Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Custom Plus Natural


Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Custom Plus Natural


True Les Paul vibe, unique finish, and a great price.

Epi took a Les Paul Custom and turned it into a Plus by adding a flamed maple top. This limited edition Epiphone Les Paul Custom Plus electric guitar shows off all that beautiful flame with a natural finish. 2 chunky humbuckers combine with a mahogany/alder body, set mahogany neck, and rosewood fingerboard for fat sustain and warm tone. Pearloid block fingerboard inlays and body, neck, and headstock binding add visual pizzaz. 2 volume and 2 tone controls with a 3-way toggle switch.

Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Custom Plus Features:

* Limited edition
* Natural finish
* 2 humbuckers
* Gold hardware
* Mahogany/alder body
* Flamed maple top
* Set maple neck
* Rosewood fingerboard
* Block fingerboard inlays
* Body, neck, and headstock binding
* 2 volume and 2 tone controls
* 3-way pickup toggle
* 24-3/4" scale

ESP LTD Alexi-600 Electric Guitar


ESP LTD Alexi-600 Electric Guitar Black


ESP LTD Alexi-600 Electric Guitar Black


Join Alexi's hate crew with his first signature axe!

The LTD Alexi-600 is the signature ESP electric guitar of Finnish metal band Children of Bodom's frontman, Alexi Laiho. Alexi's playing style demands ultra-heavy power chords and ripping, clear solos - and that's what this guitar delivers.

A super strong 3-piece maple neck runs through the comfortable weight of a solid alder body. The modified offset V shape is further customized with a cutaway that lets you easily shred all the way to the 24th jumbo fret. The single EMG-HZ H-4 pickup is a powerhouse with full tone spectrum and amazing clarity. An original Floyd Rose tremolo bridge lets you divebomb with precision. The 1/4" jack is safely and conveniently positioned on the inside of the upper horn. Sawtooth fret inlays and black hardware finish the slick, sexy package.

ESP LTD Alexi-600 Electric Guitar Features:

* Neck-thru-body construction
* 25.5 scale
* Alder body
* 3-piece maple neck
* Ebony fingerboard
* Sawtooth inlays
* EMG-HZ H-4 pickup
* Volume control
* Black hardware
* Grover tuners
* Original Floyd Rose bridge
* 24 extra jumbo frets

ESP LTD Alexi-600 Electric Guitar Includes:

* hardshell case

Line 6 LowDown Studio 110 Combo Bass Amp


Line 6 LowDown Studio 110 Combo Bass Amp


Line 6 LowDown Studio 110 Combo Bass Amp



All the essential bass tones in one package.

One of the first bass amps from Line 6, the Low Down Studio 110 Combo Bass Amp delivers an incredible array of dialed-in, stage-perfected bass tones. While most bass combos focus on volume and clean tone, LowDown offers 5 must-have effects and five killer bass amp models that cover everything from funk to classic rock and beyond. Plus, the oversized, high-speed power amp has incredible articulation and bottom end punch that's ideal for live or studio work.

The LowDown delivers five carefully crafted amp models that can take you from modern punch to a thunderous, full-on assault! Each model automatically dials up a great sound that you can change to your liking and save into a preset using the channel memories on the front panel.

Clean Inspired by the Eden Traveler, this model is all about clean, funk and fusion bass tone. It'll give you all the warm lows and punchy highs you need.

R & B Inspired by a 1968 B-15 Flip Top, this model is a tribute to those late 60's and early 70's clean fat bass tones. It is the kind of tone you here on most Motown recordings, as played by a pioneering young James Jamerson.

Rock - This model is inspired by the '74 Ampeg SVT. This workhorse has appeared on innumerable recordings and arena stages worldwide. And now all the tone of the 300-pound behemoth 8X10 and head is available in your combo!

Brit Based on a '68 Marshall Super Bass, this model delivers the kind of overdriven bass sound brought to us by late 60's British rock pioneers like Cream and The Who.

Grind As the name would suggest, this is for modern rock lovers, Alice in Chains to Mudvayne and Rage Against The Machine. Based on a distorted SansAmp PSA-1 into an SVT in addition to a direct clean bass signal mixed in, this model gives you that angry, clear and punchy aggression that takes your sound to DEFCON 1.

Synth Sitting at the back of the model knob is this secret weapon that turns LowDown into a '70s classic bass synth. From funk to modern rock, this synth model delivers incredible tones and tracks every dynamic move you make with ease!

LowDown features a critical set of effects that no bass player should be without! You get a full time, vintage studio compressor model, and the Smart FX knob dials up three different heavyweight effects that are custom tailored for bass.

Envelope filter Based on* a Q-Tron, this is the baddest envelope filter on the planet. This effect can be heard on tons of major funk and rock tunes.

Octaver Based on* the EBS OctaBass, this effect produces a single note one octave below the pitch of the played note, adding a powerful new vibe to your sound.

Chorus Based on* the much loved TC Electronics Chorus. This is the most transparent, smooth and expressive chorus for bass ever built. Using it does not reduce your low end and it's especially beautiful on fretless bass.

Amazing Tone On Stage and In The Studio! The XLR Direct Output was designed for recording or sending your sound to a house sound system when you're playing live. This output utilizes exclusive Line 6 A.I.R. processing which has made products like POD the undisputed standard for direct recording. Whether you're playing a gig in a club or rushing off to a recording session, this POD-based direct out will give you huge, mic'd amp tone everywhere you go!

Line 6 LowDown Studio 110 Combo Bass Amp Features:

* 5 incredible bass amp models: clean, r&b, rock, brit and grind
* 5 essential bass effects: synth, compressor, envelope filter, octaver, and chorus
* Deep switch with special tone shaping for supreme fatness
* XLR direct out with exclusive bass pod modeling
* 4 programmable channel memories
* Tilt-back cab design
* Headphone out
* Jam along CD/MP3 1/8" input
* Built-in chromatic tuner
* Foot switch jack for FBV express or FBV shortboard

Line 6 LowDown Studio 110 Combo Bass Amp Specifications:

* 110W
* 1x10" speaker

Get the bass amp combo that has it all. Order now!

Music Man 30th Anniversary Stingray Electric Bass


Music Man 30th Anniversary Stingray Electric Bass Transparent Crimson



Celebrate three decades of timeless tone and innovative features!

A timeless design that continues to be a favorite among bassists worldwide, the Music Man Stingray is commemorated by Ernie Ball with this 30th anniversary limited edition bass. This special version of the Stingray features a mahogany body with a translucent crimson finish and a 34" scale select maple neck with rosewood fretboard, 21 jumbo frets, compensated nut, and six-bolt neck joint. The beefy Music Man humbucker is complemented by a 3-band active EQ and protected from interference noise by body cavity shielding. The hardware includes a wheel-adjust truss rod, Schaller BM tuners with tapered string posts, five-ply black and cream pickguard, and a heavy-duty, string-thru body, chrome-plated steel bridge.

Music Man 30th Anniversary Stingray Electric Bass Features:

* 30th anniversary limited edition
* Translucent crimson finish
* Mahogany body
* Select maple neck
* Rosewood fretboard
* 34" scale
* 21 jumbo frets
* Compensated nut
* 6-bolt neck joint
* Music Man humbucker
* 3-band active EQ
* Body cavity shielding
* Wheel-adjust truss rod
* Schaller BM tuners
* 5-ply black and cream pickguard
* Heavy-duty, string-thru body steel bridge
* Chrome-plated hardware

Music Man 30th Anniversary Stingray Electric Bass Includes:

* hardshell case

Show your Music Man love with a once-in-a-lifetime Stingray! Order now!

Gallien-Krueger Goldline 410GLX 4x10 Bass Cabinet


Gallien-Krueger Goldline 410GLX 4x10 Bass Cabinet


Gallien-Krueger Goldline 410GLX 4x10 Bass Cabinet


Great sound at any volume.

The Gallien-Krueger Goldline 410GLX Bass Cabinet is loaded with Paragon Goldline aluminum cone loudspeakers designed and manufactured by GK. Goldline audio speakers are designed to deliver a rich, warm, golden tone with a little extra sparkle in the top end. Front slot-porting is used for enhanced low bass response. Special care has been taken in the cabinet design to eliminate standing waves so that nothing gets in the way of your performance. The result is a thick low-end with a smooth, even response across the entire frequency spectrum. The cabinet features black carpet coverings, recessed, spring-loaded handles, rugged steel grille, custom interlocking corners and removable casters.

Gallien-Krueger Goldline 410GLX 4x10 Bass Cabinet Features:

* Paragon Goldline aluminum-cone speakers
* Front ported design
* Black carpet coverings
* Recessed, spring-loaded handles
* Rugged steel grilles Custom interlocking corners

Gallien-Krueger Goldline 410GLX 4x10 Bass Cabinet Specifications:

* Configuration: 4 x 10 Paragon Goldline Loudspeakers.
* Power Handling: 400 Watts
* Impedance: 8 Ohms
* Sensitivity: 92dB
* Frequency Response: 37Hz to 6kHz
* Porting: Front Slot Ported
* Dimensions: 23"W x 26"H x 18"D
* Weight: 106 lbs.

Marshall MB30 Bass Amp Combo


Marshall MB30 Bass Amp Combo


Marshall MB30 Bass Amp Combo


This bass amp is affordable and ready to rock - it's a Marshall!

The Marshall MB30 Bass Amp Combo is a 30 Watt Bass Amp with features that will have you grinning from ear to ear. 2 channels offer both classic and modern voicing. The Modern channel has a handy compression feature to allow you to practice with awesome, high-volume sound at a level that won't have your neighbors calling the police. The Classic channel sports the tried-and-true volume and gain knobs you know and love. A 3-band EQ allows further tone shaping, and a CD-in jack allows you to easily jam with recordings.

Marshall MB30 Bass Amp Combo Features:

* Modern/Classic switch
* Modern channel: volume knob, comp knob with switch and LED
* Classic channel: gain knob, volume knob
* Equalizer: bass, 3-position voice shift, voice, treble
* 1/4" jacks: Input, CD in, headphones

Marshall MB30 Bass Amp Combo Specifications:

* 30 Watt
* 1x10 speaker
* 2 channels
* 438mm x 400mm x 260mm
* Ported cabinet
* Metal reinforced corners
* Top handle
* 1/4 input jack
* Power switch

Squier Vintage Modified Fretless Jazz Bass 3-Tone Sunburst


Squier Vintage Modified Fretless Jazz Bass 3-Tone Sunburst


Squier Vintage Modified Fretless Jazz Bass 3-Tone Sunburst


Get the expression of an upright with the precise attack of an electric.

The Squier Vintage Modified Fretless Jazz Bass© gives everyone the chance to own a fretless J Bass with warm, singing, growling Fender tone! It has a one-piece maple neck with a lined fretless Ebonol fingerboard, vintage-shape agathis body, and Duncan Designed alnico V single-coil Jazz Bass pickups.

Squier® Vintage Modified Fretless Jazz Bass Features:

* One-piece maple neck
* Fretless Ebonol fingerboard with white celluloid lines
* Vintage-shape agathis body
* No pickguard
* 34" scale length
* Chrome hardware
* Vintage-style butterfly tuners
* Vintage-style 4-saddle bridge
* 2 single-coil Duncan Designed JB101 bass pickups with alnico V magnets
* 2 volume and one tone knob

Squier Vintage Modified '70s Jazz Bass


Squier Vintage Modified '70s Jazz Bass Natural


Squier Vintage Modified '70s Jazz Bass Natural


A retro-inspired funk machine that anybody can afford.

The Vintage Modified '70s Jazz Bass from Squier features a one-piece hard maple neck, soft maple body, and Duncan Designed Jazz Bass pickups. It can deliver punchy tone for the ultimate funk sound whether you play fingerstyle or slap-n-pop. Black binding and block inlays, black pickguard, and chrome hardware give it a true-to-the-'70s visual style.

Squier® Vintage Modified '70s Jazz Bass Features:

* Vintage Modified Jazz Bass
* Soft maple body
* One-piece maple neck
* Maple fingerboard
* Block inlays
* Bound neck
* 20 large frets
* 34" scale
* Chrome hardware
* Vintage-style butterfly tuners
* Vintage-style 4-saddle bridge
* 3-ply black/white/black pickguard
* 2 single-coil Duncan Designed JB101 Jazz Bass pickups with alnico V magnets
* 2 volume and one tone knob

Dean Playmate EAB Acoustic-Electric Bass


Dean Playmate EAB Acoustic-Electric Bass Natural Satin


Dean Playmate EAB Acoustic-Electric Bass Natural Satin


A phenomenal value on a sweet-toned, easy-playing bass!

The Dean Playmate EAB Acoustic-Electric Bass is a full-size bass guitar that produces a deeper, fuller tone than basses costing much more. Long, easy-playing neck.

The Playmate is easy to own and easy to play. Order now with the assurance of our dual guarantees.

Hofner Icon Series Vintage Bass Guitar Sunburst


Hofner Icon Series Vintage Bass Guitar Sunburst


Hofner Icon Series Vintage Bass Guitar Sunburst

An affordable version of the famous Hofner violin bass.

With authentic details inspired by the original, the Hofner Icon Series Vintage Bass makes the legendary violin bass available to the rest of us. Don't get the idea that this a just a "nowhere man" look-alike. This quality instrument features a real spruce top and beautiful flamed maple back and sides. The semi-hollow body and set neck will give you the warm, round tone you expect from the violin bass. Rosewood fretboard, sunburst finish.

The Icon Series Vintage Bass is featured in the video game Guitar Hero II for PlayStation 2.

Hofner Icon Series Vintage Bass Guitar Features:

* Authentic details inspired by the original
* Spruce top
* Flamed maple back and sides
* Set neck
* Rosewood fretboard
* 30" scale
* 22 frets
* Dot inlay

Friday, December 29, 2006

Ibanez SRX2EX1 4-String Bass

Ibanez SRX2EX1 4-String Bass Black


Ibanez SRX2EX1 4-String Bass Black

Musician’s Friend Smokin' Bass Deals - Many Items Marked Down From Our Already Low Prices!

Musician’s Friend Smokin' Bass Deals - Many Items Marked Down From Our Already Low Prices!



Dean Edge 09 4-String Electric Bass Guitar
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Yamaha BBT500H 500W Digital Bass Amp Head
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Rogue RB30 30 Watt 1x10 Bass Combo
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Line 6 ToneCore Tap Tremolo Pedal

Line 6 ToneCore Tap Tremolo Pedal


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Yamaha PAC012 Electric Guitar

Yamaha PAC012 Electric Guitar


Yamaha PAC012 Electric Guitar
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Line 6 ToneCore Verbzilla Pedal

Line 6 ToneCore Verbzilla Pedal


Line 6 ToneCore Verbzilla Pedal
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Epiphone So Cal 50 and Blues Custom 30

Epiphone So Cal 50 and Blues Custom 30
No-compromise high-end tube tone you can afford
By Roland Achebe
Epiphone So Cal 50 and Blues Custom 30

You may not think of them as the go-to brand for all-tube amps built for professionals, but in one fell swoop Epiphone has landed with both feet in the high-end guitar amp market and created a niche all their own with prices that are far lower than anything else in this quality range. The So Cal 50 Head with its own So Cal 412SL Cab and the Blues Custom 30 Combo are designed and engineered in the USA by Gibson. Sophisticated feature sets, super-rugged construction, and gorgeous design add up to a pair of amplifiers that stand toe-to-toe with the best production models available from any maker.
Head of the class

The So Cal 50 Head impressed me even before I plugged it in. It’s got a very vintage visual vibe with black vinyl covering and elegant white faceplate. A large, wide-open tube chamber is covered by black grilles on front and back. The hefty pair of EL34 power tubes and three serious-looking transformers together with the small army of 12AX7s give the visual impression of industrial power.

Any reservations I might have had about having the Epiphone name on my backline evaporated when I hooked this baby up to the So Cal 412SL Cab and plugged in a Gibson Les Paul Deluxe. When I turned it up loud, it quickly got way too loud. Hence, most of my testing happened at about 3 on the volume dial. If, like me, you’re a fan of that rich power tube distortion and, also like me, most of your gigs are in clubs rather than auditoriums, you’ll love the So Cal’s 25W/50W (Class AB) power switch. In the 25W mode it generates a little bit more sag and lets you really heat up the tubes without blowing the windows out.

On both power settings this amp absolutely dazzles. The DC filaments on the 12AX7 preamp tubes make it hum-free when played clean. On the clean channel in a jazzy mood, the So Cal 50 delivers incredibly smooth, warm tone with a totally solid tonal center in the low mids—just where I like it. The solid-state rectifier with fixed bias keeps the low end tight and well-defined with plenty of headroom while the tube circuitry keeps it open and free-breathing.
Hot to trot

Fired up for nuclear burn, channel two on the So Cal 50 totally rocks. That same solid low-mid tonal core keeps a hard-driving definition and I had no trouble dialing in plenty of high-end sparkle. Most of all, this amp is mind-blowing for its flexibility. Key in that regard is the independent vs. interactive tone control switch. The interactive mode—similar to EQ circuits found on Fenders and Marshalls—automatically cuts the bass when you boost the treble, and vice versa. The independent mode—similar to EQ circuits found on Orange and Ampeg amps—allows you to boost or cut either treble or bass without affecting the other. The middle tone control is independent in both modes.
Epiphone Blues Custom 30 Watt 2x12" Combo Amp, So Cal 50 Watt Amp Head, And So Cal 412 4x12" Speaker Cabinet
Epiphone Blues Custom 30 Watt 2x12" Combo Amp, So Cal 50 Watt Amp Head, And So Cal 412 4x12" Speaker Cabinet

This gives you quick access to a world of tonal options. The interactive mode allows fast, organic adjustments on the fly while the independent mode lets you really scoop the mids, which is great for thrash and nu metal. The Eminence Lady Luck speakers in the So Cal 412SL cab were designed with Epiphone’s intimate involvement and the result is a perfect match for this amp—full bodied tone with tight bass and crisp highs that aren’t brittle or piercing.
All in the name

The tube rectifier and cathode bias on the Blues Custom 30 give it a little more of the classic "sag" you seek from a vintage blues amp and produce a silky, sweet response. But, as with the So Cal 50, there’s no hiding in the distortion. Crystal-clear definition comes hand-in-hand with serious in-your-face punch. Flip a switch on the back and the Blues Custom 30 becomes a 15-watt Class A recording amp. In this mode, it’s a snarling little bulldog that competes with some of the finest boutique amps I’ve heard.

Also like the So Cal 50, this one features a tube-powered reverb that’s very useful and produces a lot of different sounds depending on the EQ setup. An extra mid tone knob on the hot channel works in conjunction with the 3-band EQ on the clean side and really adds a lot of body. The Blues Custom 30 also sports the independent/interactive tone control switch and the Lady Luck speakers. Both amps feature 11-ply plywood construction and 16-gauge spot-welded chassis, so they should be able to withstand daily roadwork with no sweat. The Blues Custom 30’s look is sublimely vintage with chicken-head knobs, creme piping, and a unique diagonal brace across the front grille.

In short, these babies got it all going on. If I were a high-end amp manufacturer, I’d be very threatened by the So Cal 50 and Blues Custom 30 amps. With them, Epiphone has proven it’s possible to provide truly world-class tube tone without breaking the bank.
Features & Specs:

So Cal 50 and Blues Custom 30:

* Designed and engineered in the USA by Gibson
* All-tube circuitry
* 2 channels
* Tube-powered reverb
* Independent/interactive EQ switch
* Standby switch
* Shared 3-band EQ
* Level control on channel 2
* Dual 4-ohm, dual 8-ohm, and 16-ohm speaker outs
* 12AX7 preamp tubes with DC powered filaments
* Footswitchable channel selection and reverb (footswitch not included)
* High-tension fuse
* 16-gauge bent and spot-welded chassis
* 11-ply plywood cab construction

So Cal 50 Head:

* 50W/25W Class AB switchable (pentode/triode)
* EL34 power tubes
* Solid-state rectifier
* Contour knob and gain control for channel 2
* Presence knob

Blues Custom 30:

* 30W Class AB or 15W Class A switchable (pentode/triode)
* 5881 power tubes
* Tube rectifier
* Mid control for channel 2
* Dual 12" special-designed Eminence Lady Luck speakers

Optimizing Guitar Playability

Optimizing Guitar Playability

Playing guitar is a highly personal experience. Every player has different needs, and that is why setting up your new guitar becomes a matter of personal taste. We generally recommend taking your new ax to a qualified luthier for a proper set-up. Although most guitars play great right out of the box, some need just a little bit of tweaking to make them really perform.

Ultimately what you are trying to achieve is:
1. Good Action (the least possible distance between the string and the frets without buzzing or rattling of the string against the fret)
2. Balanced, even, electrical output on each string in all pickup positions
3. Smooth, accurate tuning action and the ability to stay in tune after bending a note or using the tremolo
4. Last, but certainly not least, killer tone!

Keep in mind though, that some of these goals are mutually incompatible. For instance, really light strings and really low action don't allow a guitar to sustain or sound fat, compared to the same guitar with heavier strings and higher action. Finding that optimal playing "zone" is sometimes a matter of compromise. Knowing that, here are some tips that can help you achieve guitar nirvana.

Strings:

Experimenting with different brands is great, but once you a find a brand and gauge you like, stick with it. Your guitar will thank you for it. Constantly changing string gauges usually involves adjustments to the neck, which can be a time-consuming pain, and wouldn't you rather be playing?

Wiping your strings down with a clean cloth after playing can extend their life and your wallet.

If you are breaking a lot of strings at the bridge, the most likely cause is burrs that develop on the string saddles. A light sanding and polishing is all that is needed to smooth these out. Take your guitar to a luthier if you don't feel comfortable doing this yourself.

Tuners:

I can't say enough good things about Sperzel locking tuners. They are worth their weight in gold. While I wouldn't recommend installing them on a vintage Strat; for a new, out-of-the-box guitar they work wonders. They offer rock solid tuning, and actually improve sustain by adding more mass to the headstock.

If you're going with stock tuners, make sure all screws are snug but not too tight. If it still feels sloppy or will not hold the pitch, replace them.

Pickups:

There is a phenomenon regarding guitar pickups called "magnetic interference." This is where the magnetic field generated by the pickup actually impedes the vibration of the string, causing a dull, lifeless sound. Generally you want to get the pickups close enough for good output, but not so close as to choke the string. Fender recommends around 5/64" clearance from the top of the pole piece to the bottom of the string fretted at the last fret. You can check this with automotive type feeler gauges.

Action:

This is going to be a general recommendation which may not apply to everyone's playing style. First, check the relief, or amount of bow in the neck. Put a capo at the first fret then hold down the 6th string at the last fret. Using a feeler gauge, measure the gap between the string and the 8th fret. Factory spec for Strats and clones should be around .010" Next, check the bridge saddle height.

Factory spec at the 17th fret should be 5/65" for strings 1-4, 3/32" for strings 5-6. Another really cool trick is to adjust the saddles to follow the radius of the fingerboard, meaning the middle string saddles are higher than the outside saddles. This allows the strings to follow the natural curve of the fingerboard and makes for a smoother playing neck.

These are just a few recommendations for getting the most out of your guitar. Again, if you don't feel comfortable with doing this yourself, take it to your favorite luthier. Watch and learn, and pretty soon you'll be doing it yourself. Also, if you're a do-it-yourself kind of person, pick up a copy of the "Guitar Player's Repair Guide." It too is worth its weight in gold.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Axl Mayhem Fireax

Buy Axl Mayhem Fireax Electric Guitar online at Guitarsearcher

"Mayhem at its finest.

When you unleash your hot licks, the AXL Mayhem FireAx Electric Guitar will sound as threatening as it looks. This guitar features an angular body, a floating tremolo bridge that's excellent for wailing solos, and two sets of humbuckers and one single coil pickup for the ultimate in tonal variety.

Axl Mayhem Fireax Electric Guitar Features:

* Body: alder
* Neck: maple w/ bubinga stripe
* Fretboard: rosewood
* Finish: black gloss
* Inlay: arrowhead
* Bridge: floating tremolo
* Pickups: EMG-designed Alnico pickups: 1 single coil, 2 humbuckers
* Controls: 1 volume, 2 tone, 5-way switch

Axl Mayhem Fireax Electric Guitar Specifications:

* Neck profile: ultra thin
* Neck joint: deep cut bolt-on
* Neck joint location: 21st fret treble, 17th fret bass
* Radius: 14'
* Nut width: 1-5/8'
* Nut type: locking nut
* Scale length: 25-1/2'
* Total length: 41-1/2'"

Axl Mayhem Clutch Electric Guitar

Buy Axl Mayhem Clutch Electric Guitar online at Guitarsearcher

"Shift your playing into high gear!

Grab a hold of the AXL Mayhem Clutch Electric Guitar, your entryway to the axes of mayhem. The Clutch features a contoured body design with horned edges, plus two single coil pickups and a humbucker for premium tone control. The lunar eclipse inlay on the fretboard keeps your fingers in position.

Axl Mayhem Clutch Electric Guitar Features:

* Body: alder
* Neck: one-piece maple
* Fretboard: rosewood
* Finish: black gloss
* Inlay: lunar eclipse
* Bridge: 2-anchor tremolo
* Pickups: EMG-designed Alnico: 2 single coil, 1 humbucker
* Controls: 1 volume, 2 tone, 5-way switch

Neck profile: low profile C
* Neck joint: deep cut bolt-on
* Neck joint location: 21st fret treble, 19th fret bass
* Radius: 14'
* Nut width: 1-5/8'
* Nut type: bone
* Scale length: 25-1/2'
* Total length: 39-1/4'"

Axl Mayhem Jacknife Electric Guitar



Buy Axl Mayhem Jacknife Electric Guitar online at Guitarsearcher


"A wickedly affordable axe!

The AXL Mayhem Jacknife Electric Guitar is an original take on a classic flying V-shaped body design. This wicked guitar is made for your fastest, fattest heavy metal licks. Leave it to AXL to give you a truly original design from a classic body style. With its ultra thin neck and lightweight design, the Jacknife will keep you playing hard and fast until your fingers can t take it anymore.

Axl Mayhem Jacknife Electric Guitar Features:

* Body: alder
* Neck: maple w/ bubinga stripe
* Fretboard: rosewood
* Finish: black gloss
* Inlay: abalone dot
* Bridge: Tune-o-Matic
* Pickups: 2 EMG-designed P90 Alnico
* Controls: 1 volume, 1 tone, 3-way switch

Neck profile: ultra thin
* Neck joint: deep cut bolt-on
* Neck joint location: 19th fret treble, 17th fret bass
* Radius: 14'
* Nut width: 1-5/8'
* Nut type: bone
* Tailpiece: string-thru-body
* Scale length: 25'
* Total length: 43'"

Electro-Harmonix Hum Debugger


Electro-Harmonix Hum Debugger Hum Eliminator Pedal


Electro-Harmonix Hum Debugger Hum Eliminator Pedal


The beautiful sound of silence from a small pedal.

Listen do you hear that? That sound coming from your amp that s vaguely like a swarm of African killer bees coming to chase away your audience? The Electro-Harmonix Hum Debugger Hum Eliminator Pedal completely and totally eliminates hum from any audio source. It s not a suppressor. It s not a noise gate. It s absolute silence. Small and compact so it won't take up valuable space on your pedalboard. Green LED indicates when it s engaged.

Get rid of that hum once and for all! Order today.

Seagull S6 Entourage


Seagull S6 Entourage Acoustic Guitar Rustic Burst


Seagull S6 Entourage Acoustic Guitar Rustic Burst


A solid top acoustic at a great price.

Seagull has done it again - the new S6 Entourage has features like a super comfortable slim neck, a solid cedar top, and comes with an "extra stuffed" gig bag to protect this beauty. Speaking of beauty, you'll love the finish: a deep, rustic burst - honey toward the center, almost chocolate at the edges, with the rich red cedar shining through it all. And as with all Seagulls, the finish is thin enough to allow your tonewood to naturally age, getting better and better over time.

Seagull S6 Entourage Acoustic Guitar Features:

* Top: Solid cedar
* Back: Wild Cherry laminate
* Sides: Wild Cherry laminate
* Neck: Maple
* Fretboard: Rosewood, 21 frets
* Body: Dreadnought
* Finish: Rustic Burst
* Nut: 1/72"
* Case: Gigbag

Schecter Corsair Electric Guitar


Schecter Corsair Electric Guitar BLACK CHERRY


Schecter Corsair Electric Guitar BLACK CHERRY


A retro-modern axe with custom touches and smooth playability.

The Corsair is Schecter's take on the classic semi-hollowbody electric guitar and a neo-vintage six-string that rules for rock. Its three-piece mahogany neck is shaped to deliver comfortable, effortless play with an ebony fingerboard and 22 medium-jumbo frets. The semi-hollow maple body is topped with flamed maple and fixed with two Duncan Designed humbuckers (with coil splitting) that whisper and wail with plenty of firepower. The Bigsby B-70 vibrato gives you extra expression while rock-solid Gotoh tuners keep you in tune.

Schecter Corsair Electric Guitar Features:

* Maple body with flamed maple top
* Set 3-piece mahogany neck
* Ebony fingerboard
* 24-3/4" scale
* 22 medium frets
* Dot inlays
* 2 Duncan Designed HB-101 pickups with coil spitting
* 2 volume, 2 tone controls with coil tap
* 3-way pickup selector
* TOM bridge
* Bigsby B-70 vibrato tailpiece
* Multi-ply binding
* Grover tuners
* Chrome hardware

Takamine G Series G124


Takamine G Series G124 Classical Guitar Natural


Takamine G Series G124 Classical Guitar Natural


Made to strict Takamine specifications, the G124 classical guitar is made with a spruce top and mahogany back & sides. It is adorned with a classical style soundboard rosette and gold and pearl tuners. The Takamine G124 offers impressive performance at a very affordable price.

Takamine G Series G124 Classical Guitar Features:

* Body Shape: Classical
* Top: Spruce
* Back: Mahogany
* Sides: Mahogany
* Fingerboard: Rosewood
* Rosette: Classical
* Tuners: Gold & Pearl
* Finish: Gloss natural

Martin DSR Solid Top Dreadnought Rosewood/Spruce Acoustic Guitar Natural


Martin DSR Solid Top Dreadnought Rosewood/Spruce Acoustic Guitar Natural


Martin DSR Solid Top Dreadnought Rosewood/Spruce Acoustic Guitar Natural


A sweet signature acoustic inspired by Sugar Ray.

Funky rhythms, sweet harmonies, irresistible guitar hooks and a sense of fun have made Sugar Ray a musical powerhouse. In a pop genre all its own, the group has become a popular and critical success in less than a decade by demonstrating creative flair few contemporaries can match.

Martin guitars play a big role in Sugar Ray's sound, providing acoustic accents to hits like "Every Morning" and "When It's Over." Now Martin has created a guitar that captures Sugar Ray's fresh, unique style: the DSR Sugar Ray Signature Edition.

Based loosely on Martin's popular D-17 all-mahogany Dreadnought, the DSR Sugar Ray Signature Edition features a range of unique appointments. From distinctly rounded body edges and black ebony trappings to ripple pearl inlays and tinted polished gloss finish, this guitar is as appealing as the group that inspired it.

Sugar Ray became a group in 1992, when Southern California high school buddies Mark McGrath and Rodney Sheppard joined former bandmate Stan Frazier and friend-of-Stan's-sister Murphy Karges to play hardcore Orange County funk. The foursome moved into a house together, played local dives, and hooked up with Craig "DJ Homicide" Bullock, the fifth band member. In 1995, the group released its first album called "Lemonade and Brownies" and two years later released of the reggae-tinged single "Fly." The record went to #1 on the charts, the video went #1 on MTV, the album that followed, "Floored," went Double Platinum, and Sugar Ray went on the road, playing concerts and television appearances across the United States and Europe for a year before heading back to the studio.

The follow-up album, "14:59" (a sly reference to the duration of fame) showed "Fly" was only the starting point for Sugar Ray music. Released in 1999, the album yielded two hit singles, "Every Morning" and "Someday," included some burning rock tracks and went Triple Platinum. Released after yet another tour, Sugar Ray's self-titled fourth album, a seamless blend of pop, rock, ska and other influences, was considered by many to be the best recording of 2001.

The Martin DSR acoustic guitar offers standout looks and sound. Crafted from solid genuine mahogany for clear, bright tone, the instrument's unique rounded body edges confer distinctive appearance and playing comfort. A-Frame bracing under the top assures hallmark Martin resonance. In contrast to the unbound body, the rosette shines with inlays: a center inlay of black-bordered ripple pearl, flanked by inner and outer black/white/black inlays. Like the body, the modified low oval 1-11/16" (at the nut) neck is solid genuine mahogany. Translucent red toner enhances the color of the polished gloss finished body and headstock, as well as the satin lacquer finished neck.

Ripple pearl inlays in the black ebony headstock overlay and fingerboard honor Austin the Bulldog, Sugar Ray's mascot and a familiar presence in the group's United States videos. The polished headstock overlay features Martin's gold foil logo above a ripple pearl image of Austin's head. Paw print position markers inlaid in ripple pearl - one at the 5th fret, two at the 7th, and one at the 9th - lead to a dog bone inlay at the 12th fret and the Sugar Ray logo between the 18th and 20th frets. Schaller tuners with large ebony buttons, a polished and beveled black pickguard, a black ebony bridge, black bridge pins and end pin with pearl dots and genuine bone nut and compensated saddle round out the appointments.

Each Martin DSR Sugar Ray Signature Edition guitar bears an interior label personally signed by Martin Chairman and CEO C. F. Martin IV and the members of Sugar Ray, and is numbered in sequence with the edition total. Each guitar is delivered in a #345 Martin hardshell case.

Martin DSR Solid Top Dreadnought Rosewood/Spruce Acoustic Guitar Features:

* Construction: mortise/tenon neck joint
* Body size: D-14 fret
* Top: solid genuine mahogany
* Rosette: triple ring; center ring blue paua pearl
* Top bracing pattern: D1 (a-frame)
* Top braces: 1 style/non-scalloped
* Back material: solid genuine mahogany
* Side material: solid genuine mahogany
* Neck material: solid mahogany
* Neck shape: modified low oval
* Nut material: bone
* Headstock: solid/6 string no diamond/standard taper
* Headplate: solid black ebony/ raised gold foil logo (less est. 1833)/mother of pearl bulldog head inlay
* Heelcap: none
* Fingerboard material: solid black ebony
* Scale length: 25.4''
* # of frets clear: 14
* # of frets total: 20
* Fingerboard width at nut: 1-11/16''
* Fingerboard width at 12th fret: 2-1/8''
* Fingerboard position inlays: green abalone ripple dog paws, dog bone, & ''Sugar Ray'' logo between 19th & 20th frets
* Finish back & sides: polished gloss/ red stain/ dark filler
* Finish top: polished gloss/ red toner/ dark filler
* Finish neck: semi gloss/ red toner/ dark filler/ polished headplate
* Bridge material: solid black ebony
* Bridge style: 1 style belly
* Bridge string spacing: 2-1/8''
* Saddle: 16'' radius/compensated/bone
* Tuning machines: Schaller chrome enclosed w/ large ebony knobs
* Recommended strings: Martin SP 4200 medium phosphor bronze
* Bridge & end pins: black w/ abalone dots
* Pickguard: black/ beveled and polished
* Case: 345 hard shell
* Interior label: 2 - (1 signed by CFM IV, num. In seq. w/ edition total); (2nd with Sugar Ray band members signatures)

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